Closer Look

Love, American Style

POSTED: January 16th 2014

Ed Smith was a 22-year-old newlywed with $3,000 in hand, money that came primarily from wedding gifts, back in 1987. As a married man with potential fatherhood ahead, it was time to get serious about the future. So, he drew on the only work experience he had – delivering furniture – and made the bold decision to open his own furniture store. That bold move turned out to be an excellent idea. Read more Click here to read more.

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Tile Inspiration

POSTED: January 15th 2014

Designing with “virtuosity, originality and vision,” Gaye Weatherly continues to up the ante in tile decor, from master-minding complete nine-bedroom projects, to specializing in small, unique deco pieces and everything in between. Her style spans all aesthetics and her Portsmouth, RI, showroom is a kitchen and bath haven—a place to find details, both traditional and unexpected, that help to augment and shape a space. Read more Click here to read more.

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A Growing Business

POSTED: January 15th 2014

Landscaping adds both beauty and value to a property and the father/son team of Dennis and Brian Muoio, co-owners of Briden Nursery in West Cranston, Rhode Island, pride themselves on being able to offer a full line of services that fit every customer’s need. The business has been growing steadily over the past four years and they are eagerly anticipating the move of their nursery division to a space with more visibility on the corner of Comstock Parkway and Scituate Avenue. Read more Click here to read more.

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Living the Lifestyle

POSTED: January 2nd 2014

Lifestyle Designs came into being to fill a need, which was to provide quality design services and products under one roof. Interior designers Ramona Rodger and Barry Gano have brought together a comprehensive design center, allowing clients to experience a level of service that is tailored to their needs. Read more Click here to read more.

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Table Lamps: The Solution for Warm Lighting

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

By bringing lighting down off the ceiling...it’s like being bathed in a warm glow. Recessed lighting may be allthe rage, but for lighting that’s both warm and flattering, homeowners may want to rethink relying on recessed and turn on a few table lamps. The selection pictured here, all from Ramson House in Providence, is just a fraction of the inventory at the longtime decorators’ favorite. LIGHTING AVAILABLE AT Ransom House By bringing lighting down offthe ceiling, with lamps situated so the shades are at just about eye level, it’s like being bathed in a warm glow rather than being subjected to a harsh, interrogator-esque type of light. The choice is clear. Lamps aren’ Click here to read more.

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Rogers Gallery; Much More than Art

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Louise Rogers, owner of Rogers Gallery in Mattapoisett, MA, can’t really say where the time has gone since she and her husband, Ben, opened their gallery and framing shop in their home 33 years ago. She does know that “…it seems like it was yesterday.” Now a successful and still growing business, Rogers Gallery continues to offer quality custom framing along with a gallery filled with the works of both local and regional artists. The business, now located at The River Shops, has grown to include American crafts such as hand-blown glass, pottery, textiles, handmade lamps and an exquisite collection of original jewelry. PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT Rogers Gallery The Rogers attribute t Click here to read more.

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From Collectible to Masterpiece

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Imagine you own a piece of vintage sports memorabilia that you’d like to display at home. Maybe you want to display a century-old document that has turned brittle. Transforming valuable collectables into art should be undertaken with delicacy and diligence to prevent long-term damage, according to Geoff Gaunt, co-owner of Providence Picture Frame. And he should know; customizing collectables is their business. “There are many methods, but the end result should be zero impact to your object,” says Gaunt. ARTWORK AVAILABLE AT Providence Picture Frame, Dryden Gallery Talk first, frame later Gaunt cautions that the process should begin with a detailed discussion with a professional Click here to read more.

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Shade & Shutter Systems: The Solution for Protecting & Enhancing Your Home

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

You’ve finally decided to build or remodel your dream house. This is a major commitment and at Shade & Shutter Systems they understand this: the planning, the investment and provide compliance with coastal area building codes. Consider how you’ll safeguard what you’ve worked so hard to realize. For nearly 20 years, Shade & Shutter has been assisting homeowners by offering systems designed to both protect the home and allow you to enjoy it in ways you hadn’t even imagined. Rollshutters: The only way to keep wind and water out…period.  Whether building or renovating, now is the time to think about protecting it with Rollshutters, the only way to completely seal your ho Click here to read more.

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Lighting Makes the Space

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Not all lighting is created equal; some can set the tone of a room without even a flick of a switch. Whether it’s a reproduction of an old nautical classic or a fresh twist on a traditional chandelier, some lighting needn’t be lit to shine. Trio of pendant lighting: The Limoge™ Collection by the Justice Design group allows customers to be their own lighting designer by giving them a choice of six shade shapes to pair with nine fun and fabulous design impressions, including checkerboard, oval and pleated pictured here. Available at Harbour Lighting and Electrical Center. Hang in style:with adjustable pendant lighting from Hubbardton Forge, a Vermont-based company known for th Click here to read more.

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Exceptional Finds…

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

It’s safe to say that Susan Swanson, owner of the Green Door in East Greenwich, RI, has an incredible eye for style. The editors of Seventeen Magazine certainly thought so when they appointed Susan to a much-coveted spot on their “Fashion Board” when she was in high school. “It was such an exciting time,” Swanson, who would go on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, said of the experience. “We would show customers how to do make-up and fashion. Fashion was my life.” Swanson’s inherent eye for what works together, is apparent as soon as one walks into her nearly two-decade old home accessories and gift store. Housed in a historic storefront on East Green Click here to read more.

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They’re Always Underfoot

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

You’ll find lots of flooring in Factory Carpet Outlet of Pawtucket’s 10,000-square-foot showroom. “We are the largest in New England,” says Guy Williams, president of the locally owned and operated business. “We can fit anyone’s budget. We have carpet from 80 cents a foot to $12 a foot and everything in between. And we carry everything.” Whether it is ceramic or natural stone tile, wood flooring, pre-finished engineered wood, antique wood, bamboo, cork or even leather tile—they have it. Products Available at Factory Carpet Outlet The store is so large it would be difficult for a customer not to find what they are looking for. Nonetheless, Williams encourages customers Click here to read more.

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A Fine Attention to Detail

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

The key to any successful business is to create a product or service that people will desire and Peter Malone, owner of the Seaport Shutter Company in Brewster and Chatham did just that, quite by accident. Malone was unhappy with his job in the corporate world, so he bought an old house in Harwich Port to renovate as a creative project in his spare time. “When I got to the outside, I needed shutters and I couldn’t find anything that I liked so I made my own,” he says. Photography by Amber Jane Barricman Products Sourced from Seaport Shutter Company Customers started knocking on his door…literally Pretty soon people were knocking on his door to ask him where he bought his s Click here to read more.

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A Family Affair

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

A beautifully landscaped yard makes outdoor living a joy and Brian and Dennis Muoio, co-owners of Briden Nurseries in West Cranston, RI, offer comprehensive landscape construction services that take all the guesswork out of creating an exceptional outdoor space. With 45 years of combined experience between them, the father/son team is thrilled to be working together in their third year of business on their six and a half acre nursery. [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignnone" width="720"] Combining soft-scapes with hardscapes is a passion for landscape architect Brian Muoio, who owns Briden Nurseries with his father Dennis, a professional lawn beautician with a green thumb.[/caption] Click here to read more.

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Tile by Design

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

If you think whole-house inspiration can’t be extracted from an adorned 3” by 6” field or glass tile, think again. A simple muse, such pieces can lend great vision through hue or texture that first begin as a sounding board for a home renovation or new build, and soon becomes a vital bit for a larger-scale project. [caption id="attachment_357" align="alignnone" width="720"] A tiny cube of tile can sometimes be the key to a room's overall look and feel, lending inspiration through its hue and texture.[/caption] Gaye Weatherly of Weatherly Tile & Stone, Inc. in Portsmouth, RI, has a fine eye for detail and for the last two years has seen her company expand to include full desig Click here to read more.

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A Fine Front Door

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Not only does your front door say a lot about you, but it is visitors’ first impression of you and your home. You’ve filled your home with truly personal items so why not make the first thing you and your guests see just as personal with a screen door that’s a true reflection of you and your family? Peter Malone, owner of Seaport Shutter Company in Brewster and Chatham has been helping people customize their front doors for the past six years and his company offers an incredible variety of personalized choices. [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignnone" width="720"] A gilt-covered whale above the portico complements the door's claddagh applique.[/caption] “There are about f Click here to read more.

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Sometimes Smaller is Better

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

For Dan Kinsella of Kinsella Building in Portsmouth, R.I., the key to success is a hands-on approach. When clients hire Kinsella to build their custom home, they soon learn that the guy at the top will be on the scene, making sure certain critical details aren’t missed or misunderstood, and monitoring progress from start to finish. A hands-on approach “When I started this business we had a lot more employees and I found out quickly that I was losing contact with my clients,” he says. “So we dialed back. Now I have only four employees. I get to work with a lot of great people. I also get to have my hands in the project. I’m on the job just about every day. I see everything that’ Click here to read more.

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Continuum of care

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

For decades, Clarke appliance showrooms, with locations in Milford and South Norwalk, Connecticut, have been conducting business a little bit—or a lot, actually—differently than their competitors. “We’re focused on improving the lives of homeowners who are outfitting their kitchens,” says Sean Clarke, the company’s general manager. “The process of remodeling or building a new kitchen is stressful, there are a lot of tough decisions involved and people develop anxiety about it all.” [caption id="attachment_333" align="alignnone" width="1440"] The Clarke showroom features multiple fully functional kitchens, giving homeowners a real sense of what they're purchasing.[/caption Click here to read more.

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Beach House

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

On the hunt for a truly beach-inspired shop with classic, resourceful elements, Sally Dwyer opened her own retail retreat on Aquidneck Island in 1997. At the Beach House Newport, formerly known as Watercolours, it’s always a day at the Beach. Products Available at Beach House Newport An interior designer, Dwyer was inspired greatly by the ocean and the soothing and tranquil respite it offers. By buying pieces that she herself loves, and those that work well together, Dwyer has created quite a storefront for the sea-minded. “We’re very specific in our focus,”she says. “We’re coastal, but not ‘trendy’coastal.”Enter classic: a timeless, traditional look that will endure Click here to read more.

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In with the Old; In with the New

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

From the outside, the 1849 antique farmhouse that is Cory Farms Past & Presents is the epitome of New England quaint and cozy. Between the main house with its patio and side deck, three barns, chicken coop, outhouse and two open acres, it’s more of a vintage compound, really, with original eaves and trim, pristine hardwood floors and all the nooks and crannies one might find in a private home. And although it has a kitchen with a farmer’s sink and buttercup cabinets, and “formal” dining and living spaces and entryway, this “home” is anything but. [caption id="attachment_292" align="alignnone" width="480"] Items that offer a touch of Provence.[/caption] Dream job; dream lo Click here to read more.

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The Daring’s in The Details at Walker Interiors

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Those little details that pull a room together--the pairing of fabrics and trims, wall coverings and carpet-—is Bess Walker’s specialty. Since 1987, she has been crafting seamless spaces by calling on her limitless knowledge of drapery and slipcovers and wall coverings and carpets. AVAILABLE AT: Walker Interiors “I really get color, texture and details, and putting together patterns,” explains Walker about her eye for design. “I really get it with beautiful upholstery and how it works and how drapery works with coordinating treatments and carpets.” The eponymous Walker Interiors is one-part workshop and one-part showroom-sample library with more than 10,000 swatches of Click here to read more.

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Vamping Up Your Linen Closet

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Wendy Brown of Wendy Brown Fine Linens in Providence has a sophisticated eye and an innate need for comfort and style. More than 10 years ago, she took what was a “fetish” for quality linen and custom embroidery and created her now chic boutique on the streets of Wayland Square. But don’t be fooled: WBFL is more than a linen shop. Products sourced from Wendy Brown Fine Linens The shop itself is a comfortable combination of rich color and soothing neutrals – the décor feminine and classic, and brimming with one-of-a-kind finds. Brown’s buying trips amass an enviable collection – from bed, bath and table linens, to plush baby products and key home essentials. Brown buys with Click here to read more.

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Luxurious Lighting is all about Layering

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Without multiple layers of lighting elements, the most stunning décor can easily fall flat. Consider a large great room where the only light source is recessed ceiling lights. The fake watches room may be bright enough but with all illumination coming from above, it can tend to feel cold. Relying solely on ceiling lighting can create a sense that it’s just not a room where you want to spend time. It’s all about layers With more than 60 years of experience, Crown Supply, with its 30,000 square-foot showroom in Providence, RI, and another newer location in Milford, MA, understands just how important lighting selections are when it comes to making spaces feel both welcoming and functio Click here to read more.

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The Right Stuff

POSTED: September 27th 2013

Guy Williams, owner of Factory Carpet Outlet in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has been in the flooring business for 35 years and he knows his floor coverings. Not only does he have the kind of experience that only time can build, but he and his staff are also continuously learning as technology brings new advances. [caption id="attachment_46" align="alignnone" width="483"] Owner Guy Williams[/caption] “Our motto is to give people the type of flooring they need at a good honest value,” Williams says. “We sell any kind of covering that goes on a floor: carpet, vinyl, ceramic, wood, laminates, cork. We even have leather flooring. And anything on the floor that we sell, we also install. Click here to read more.

Hardwood floors, such as this one topped with an area rug, remain a popular choice.
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